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's intimidated by the israeli lobby in the united states senate. >> well, first -- >> name one. >> i don't know. >> well, why would you say it? >> i didn't have in mind a specific person. >> sir, do you agree it's provocative statement. i can't think of a more provocative thing to say about the relationship between the united states and israel and the senate or the congress than what you said. name one dumb thing we have been goaded in to do because of the pressure of the israeli or jewish lobby. >> i have already stated that i regret the term nlg. >> you said back then it makes us do dumb things. you can't name one senator intimidated. now give me one example of the dumb things we're pressured to do up here. >> we were talking in that interview about the middle east. about positions. about israel. >> now that exchange followed another faceoff earlier today with senator john mccain over the war in iraq. >> will you please answer the question? will you correct or incorrect when you said that the surge would be the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since until nam? were you co
for defense secretary chuck hagel. >>> also, an unfolding scandal involving a united states senator denying allegations of prostitution and free plane trips. >>> eight "new york times" reveals its been under attacks for months by someone in china. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." we were bracing for fireworks at today's confirmation hearing for defense secretary nominee chuck hagel but it actually turned out to be even a lot tougher than many of us expected. republicans grilled hagel raising serious questions about his past statements and positions, especially about israel and iran. at times, hagel seemed to struggle to answer some of those tough questions and other times he gave answers he later had to clarify. let's go to our chief white house correspondent jessica yellin. jessica, it was a tough, tough day for chuck hagel? >> reporter: so far it has been, wolf. chuck was battered by republicans, forcing some stumbles and bruising. so far, no knockout blow but the day of questioning is not over yet. former senator chuck hagel sat at the table alone fielding hostile questi
of pace in the u.s. senate. throughout its history, the united states senate has been the world's greatest deliberative body and sometimes they deliberate a little bit too long but the white house actually said that they supported the modest measures and it depends on where you are on the united states senate. sometimes when people want quick action now, those people were disappointed but if you believe in evolutional or gradual change as president obama sometimes does, you would end up taking that half or a third of a loaf. >> okay. so progressives, though, certainly have not had a good time hearing about this and specifically coming out and being very stern in reaction to harry reid. take a listen to rachel maddow. >> wow, harry reid, yeah. this is the day everybody was looking forward to in terms of changing how the senate operate and if you hear sad trombones, that's why. after the months, years of promises this time he was going to do it. but hey. at least we'll be able to see them get nothing done faster now. >> all right. so i had a chance to talk with ed schultz in hi hour disappoi
no recourse if that united states senate of an opposite party of the president decides we're shutting down the confirmation process because frankly, you know that can be done. is that -- i mean, you know, there are no recourse at all for the executive branch here? >> yeah, the next election is the recourse for the executive branch. >> that could be four years. could you hold up cabinet appointments for four years. >> it could be two years. of course, it could. the founders put that in the constitution there about 1 1100 positions in the government that require advice and consent. it's there for a purpose. i was nominated by the first president bush to be education secretary. the senate held me up for three months. they had a right to do it. so the president has to keep sending people until he finds someone who can gain the support of the senate. that's one of the checks we have against an imperial presidency. >> you hope the supreme court upholds this broad ruling that basically eliminates recess appointments? >> i do, but i doubt they will. but i suspect they will narrow the decision at l
, to the united states senate. a longtime member of the senate club. he will be introduced by secretary of state hillary clinton. senator john mccain will also play a role. interesting because mccain has a very similar resume to john kerry but a very different political philosophy. last night with greta van sus traivan susteren he talked about serrie as secretary of indicate. >> reporter: john and i don't agree on a lot of issues but we have a relationship which was forged years ago, and so i have confidence that he will carry out the president's agenda and serve the president. >> reporter: mccain said he would not have selected john kerry to be secretary of state because they obviously have a very different philosophy. he does expect that kerry will be effective in carrying out obama's philosophy. martha: when they make these nominees they know they have some that will be easy, some are more heavy lifting. where does this one fall. >> reporter: john kerry is the least controversial of the ones coming up right now. 50% of independents would and most of the democrats would. if you were senator wo
the united states senate. and that's because despite the obvious frustrations of recent days and years, a frustration that we all share this place remains one of the most extraordinary institutions of any kind on the face of the earth. on occasion we all heard a senator leave here and take their leave condemning the senate for being broken, an impossible setting in which to try to do the people's business. well, i want to be very clear about my feelings. i do not believe the senate is broken. certainly not as an institution. there is nothing wrong with the senate that can't be fixed by what's right about the senate. the predominant and weighty notion that 100 american citizens chosen by their neighbors to serve from states is different as massachusetts and montana can always choose to put parochial or personal interests aside and find the national interest. i believe it is the honor of a lifetime, an extraordinary privilege to have represented the commonwealth of massachusetts and the united states senate for more than 28 years. what a remarkable gift it has been to carry the banner of
. >> all right. the united states senate voted on something really, really important, and the vote was 94-3. wow. 94-3. and also, who were the three? isn't that what you always wonder? it turns out it's a very interesting story. that is next. c-max says ha. c-max says wheeee. which is what you get, don't you see? cause c-max has lots more horsepower than prius v, a hybrid that c-max also bests in mpg. say hi to the all-new 47 combined mpg c-max hybrid. every human being is unique. and there is one store that recognizes it. the sleep number store. the only place in the world you'll find the extraordinarily comfortable sleep number experience. an exclusive collection of innovations that totally individualizes your sleep. pillows that adjust for cradling comfort. temperature-balancing bedding. dual warmth comforters. all designed around the sleep number bed: a bed with dual-air technology that allows you to adjust to the support your body needs. each of your bodies. in the name of human individuality: the sleep number collection. discover how our sleep professionals can individualize your sl
. >> i really, really appreciate that. >> all right. the united states senate voted on something really, really important, and the vote was 94-3. wow. 94-3. and also, who were the three? isn't that what you always wonder? it turns out it's a very interesting story. that is next. wears off. been there. tried that. ladybug body milk? no thanks. [ female announcer ] stop searching and start repairing. eucerin professional repair moisturizes while actually repairing very dry skin. it's so powerful you can skip a day... but light enough you won't want to. dermatologist recommended eucerin. the end of trial and error has arrived. try a free sample at eucerinus.com. tliving with moderate toor semeans living with pain.is it could also mean living with joint damage. humira, adalimumab, can help treat more than just the pain. for many adults, humira is clinically proven to help relieve pain and stop further joint damage. humira can lower your ability to fight infections, including tuberculosis. serious, sometimes fatal events, such as infections, lymphoma, or other types of cancer, have happened.
-deportation and killing the dream act to keep children of undocumented immigrants in the united states. senator dick durbin of illinois is intent on keeping a dream act component as part of the new legislation. >> the dream act is going to be an integral part of comprehensive immigration reform. the dream act will give to these young people the chance that they have been dreaming of, begging for, pleading to give an opportunity. >> i'm sure senator durbin is happy to have his colleagues on board this time around. but when the dream act was voted down in the senate in 2010, one of the no votes was this man, who was up there on the stage today, senator john mccain. another no vote was senator lindsey graham, who is part of this group of eight, who is also a proponent of this new senate plan. these senators see how their votes and attitudes have damaged the republican party in the image business, but the voices of dissent are still out there. >> i don't know that there is any stopping this. it's up to me and fox news. and i don't think fox news is that invested in this. but there is not -- i don't thin
who can speak fluent english, right? >> when harold ford was running for united states senator in tennessee when they had the white woman in the commercial and i met him at the playboy club. so again, it goes to what are you trying to say, black guy, white female, what's going on here? that's different because that's a political ad. you didn't have the music in the background, you didn't have the jimmy cliff playing. so it was conveying a whole different message than be happy, drive a vw. >> vw, i think they're a winner. you know why? because we're playing it, because everyone around the country is going to play it and talk about it and more volkswagens sold. >> we're having a conversation about it. next thing i want to see you -- >> what is that fahrvergnugen. >> i've got it tattooed across my chest. >> let us know what you think, go to cnn.com outfront and we have an online poll for you. still to come, americans stocking up on supplies, people thrown in jail. how the super bowl has turned into something i found absolutely horrific and so would mark haines. >>> all right. so,
, that is claiming new scalps today. still even in the united states senate, saxby chambliss, who got an a-plus rating from the nra and a 100% rating from the national right to life committee, he is being forced out. he is not far right enough. thank goodness for former chairman of the republican party and as always a good sport, mr. steele. nice to see you. >> it's good to see you, rachel. >> do you think there is really no imprint at all that mitt romney should have left on the republican party? they're just trying to pretend like he was a bad dream. >> well, that's just silly. and the fact of the matter is that mitt romney went through a primary process in which delegates and activists around the country voted overwhelmingly for him. and so to now sit back and say well, there may not be a romney wing of the party, but certainly as our nominee, he did -- he did have some stature. he did leave an imprint and an impression. and you can't whitewash that. you can't just say it didn't happen, it didn't exist. and if we ignore it and pretend it never did, then everything else we do will be bet
of united states senators are really in line with what president obama has been calling for, you know, really all the way through his first term. and i think president obama's advocacy and his focus on the need for comprehensive immigration reform during his campaign really created the space for and quite frankly the outcome of the election created this space for this bipartisan cooperation, but, you know, i want to give you a healthy but. there is, you know, the road is littered with gangs of senators, good intentions that were consumed by the legislative process, and, you know, what i'm hopeful about in the house is certainly that the majority of democrats in the house embrace comprehensive immigration reform and the principles that were put forward by the gang of eight, and i'm confident when president obama talks about it today it will be similar. but the question is will the speaker who is dealing with still his group of really extreme republicans who have already signalled not very good comments about the proposal, you know, will he eventually let the will of the house work, the
rubio, the republican senator of florida, himself an immigrant from cuba to the united states. he's out there selling this comprehensive immigration reform legislation to some skeptics, including on the rush limbaugh show today. listen to this. >> i think there's this false argument that's been advanced by the left that conservatism and republicans are anti-immigrant and anti-immigration and we are not. never have been. we are pro-legal immigration and we recognize that our legal immigration system needs to be reformed. we also recognize, because conservatism has always been about commonsense, that we have an existing problem that has to be belt with in the best way possible. >> how important is rubio's role in getting this comprehensive legislation reform passed? >> i don't think you can overstate it, wolf. it's very, very important. here's someone with undeniable conservative credentials, a bona fide member of the tea party who is effectively trying to save, i would argue, save the republican party from itself on the question of immigration. is he somebody that can go on the rush limb
blitzer begins right now. >> don, thanks very much. happening now, the united states senator talks about the traumatic day she tried to find a pulse by putting her finger into the bullet hole of a colleague who had just been shot. now she wants to ban 158 kinds of assault weapons. dispute all the iphones, the tablets, ipods and a whole lot more there are out there, perhaps in your hands right now, apple's day as a wall street darling potentially, potentially could be over. wait until you hear how the stock got clobbered today and why. >>> and football star manti te'o opens up about the hoax that fooled him and the rest of the country. it's the interview that so many people have been waiting for. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> we begin with a new effort to ban 158 specific assault-style weapons and prohibit other guns from using magazines containing more than ten rounds of ammunition. those are just two of the provisions of a bill put forward today by united states senator whose own hands were bloodied by one of the most notorious shootings in california history. da
to know him. as well as the united states senate. he is on the farm bills and authored most of the authorization bills. clearly his decision is personal i'm sure. he is frustrated with washington, d.c. and members of both parties are frustrated with the gridlock. the republicans will nominate somebody in main street, but while georgia is the so-called red state, president obama was able to get more than 45% of the vote there. i assume that we are going have a credible democrat who will seek the party's nomination. >> it's interesting that the conservative was afraid that even more conservative republicans may challenge him and he decided time to move on. let's move on ourselves. jeb bush the former florida governor cowrote a piece of the "wall street journal" calling for comprehensive immigration reform among other things, writing this. some tell us makers are calling for piece meal changes such as issuing visas or conferring legal status of immigrants who were brought in as children. congress should avoid such quick ficks and commit itself instead to comprehensive immigrati
appreciate it united states senate will be needing new name tags. three senators calling it quits giving the g.o.p. an opportunity to pick up some seats and maybe the majority. our political panel weighs in on their chances. >> and hillary clinton getting set to leave as secretary of state. now some of her supporters, they want her work recognized with a very special honor. we will tell what you it is and how they are going about it. >> and one state lawmaker taking no chances with the future of our currency laying out a plan if the federal reserve has a meltdown. does that make sense or is it it just wasted taxpayer dollars? red lobster's 30 shrimp. wow, that's a lot of shrimp. [ male announcer ] it's red lobster's 30 shrimp! for $11.99 pair any two shrimp selections on one plate! like mango jalapeƑo shrimp and parmesan crunch shrimp. just $11.99. offer ends soon! i'm ryon stewart, and i sea food diffently. to volunteer to help those in need. when a twinge of back pain surprises him. morning starts in high spirits, but there's a growing pain in his lower back. as lin grow longer, his p
are living illegally in the united states. 8 top democrats and republican senators plan to announce this afternoon a proposal the bill that would provide pathway to citizenship a worker enforcement program a guest worker program visa worker program and more. >> we are commit to do a comprehensive approach to finally have an immigration law we can live with. we have been going for maybe 25 years with statement about immigration policy. that's unacceptable about immigration of immigrants. >> can't go on with people in this country in the shadows with this illegal status. we cannot have children who were born here brought by their parents when they were small children to live in the shadows as well. i think the time is right. >> part of making the time right for senator john mccain and other republicans means there has to be some proposal in place to implement tighter border security. the measure would include using more surveillance equipment plus adding more agents along the border between the united states and canada and especially mexico. president obama is scheduled to visit las v
rights in the united states senate. and in fact, i'm told by sources close to both senators that schumer is holding off on releasing his legislation, because he's making changes in the hopes of having a bipartisan bill with tom coburn, strictly on the issue of strength streng background checks. >> thanks very much for that report, dana. kate balduan joining us in "the situation room" as well. there's a lot of movement on this story. >> a lot of movement, a lot of conversations happening, at least, on this issue. and gabby giffords, and her husband, right after the hearing that dana bash was telling us about, she and her husband, mark kelly, they met with president obama at the white house, and the white house sent out this photo of them talking in the oval office. they were talking about, as he told you, the issue of gun control. >> and right after that meeting at the white house, mark kelly came here to "the situation room" and joined me. first of all, let's talk about your wife. how did she prepare for that? because that's really the first time we heard her speak like that over these p
was a united states senator? >> oh, i think he's going to be confirmed. i think he ought to be. he's the president's choice. i think that on some of the issues that people have raised concerns about, he's working for the president's policies, not his own. and i like the fact that he is a decorated war hero himself. going into a pentagon badly in need of more reform, more budget cutting, and who better to do that, than someone with the kind of credibility with the troops that chuck hagel has. >> chuck schumer, speaking of chucks, another chuck, ari, chuck schumer, as you know, a very strong supporter of israel, very tough on iran and its nuclear program. he had a private meeting with hagel, emerged strongly endorsing hagel, saying he'll vote to confirm him. you read that long statement that schumer put out on what he was told by hagel during the course of that private meeting. i rey sum that's reassuring. i assume that's reassuring to you. is it reassuring enough for republicans to vote to confirm him? >> no, i think hagel has broken the land speed record for the most apologies on a
of leadership i intend to provide as president of the united states. >> and, of course -- >> senator clinton, that's a clear swipe at you. >> really? >> back then, it was a very different relationship in the midst of an already bitter rivalry. >> while i was working on those streets, you were a corporate lawyer sitting on the board of walmart. >> you were practicing law and representing your contributor in his slum landlord business in inner city chicago. >> but that relationship quickly changed. >> i endorse him and throw my full support behind him. >> just as hillary clinton showed her support for president obama, obama showed his faith in clinton. >> i have no doubt that hillary clinton is the right person to lead our state department and to work with me in tackling this ambitious foreign policy agenda. >> what was hillary clinton's initial reaction when you told her, look, they're actually considering you as a possibility for secretary of state? >> she didn't believe it. >> reporter: he is one of clinton's closest aides. >> i e-mailed her, i think it was the friday after election day aft
. so, why should the united states or what should the united states do about illegal immigration? he we asked florida senator marco rubio. >> let me ask you a mixed question, one is on illegal immigration and the other is the future of the republican party because there's a huge population out there, hispanic population and that's been a big issue. >> well, two separate issues. illegal immigration is bad for america. legal immigration is good for america and the fact of the matter is that we have 11 million people in this country, more or less, that are undocumented. i don't know anyone who is happy about that. and, but we have to deal with what we have. i mean, the truth is that the reality of is that these 11 million people the vast majority are going to be here for the rest of their lives. our obligation as policy makers is deal with them in a way that's compassionate and humane and also responsibility in a way that's not unfair to anybody who has done it the right way and in a way that makes sure that we never have to do this again. what i really he don't want to see is ten years fr
because he wasn't here in the united states congress but i also say to you that although congressman smith is my friend, he is wrong. for the last decade, we have not promoted amnesty. i introduced legislation that talked about legalization and it had to do with paying fines, paying a duty in terms of either service in the military or charitable service. it said get in line and behind all those who had been in line so there were penalties and that's the focus of immigration reform for a decade. but as the president said, we have had nothing but debate and sound bites and no action. now i believe we have an opportunity for action. >> all right. and you believe and despite some members of the house who are republicans who, for example, congressman smith says, he doesn't believe that any proposal will make it through the senate. when you hear those kinds of comments, how do you maintain optimism? >> i guess we'll hear from the president this afternoon and he will probably reinforce access to legalization, access of secure borders and hiring the do undocumented. the way i plan to do it is wave
concerns with the plan. ted cruz says allowing immigrants who came to the united states illegally is inconsistent with rule of law and not fair to immigrants who came here legally. >> kelly wright live. thank you. this morning we are hearing from florida senator marco rubio. rubio sitting down with sean hannity to discuss the senate proposal we told you about yesterday and discussing what he thinks are the necessary steps in the immigration process. there must be enforcement measures before a green card. >> i think it's a good time to remind people the vast majority of con sefb tives favor legal immigration. we don't have a little immigration that works right now. illegal immigration undermine illegal immigration. he we understand we have to deal with this. we have 11 million people by all accounts are going to be here the rest of their lives with or without documents. we can't do anything to deal with 11 million people that is unfair to people who have done it the right way or number two will encourage illegal immigration in the future. that's whey your point is so crucial. must
over the years which i have supported the united states has led in reducing the efforts to reducing nuclear warheads. there was no more significant voice for that than ronald reagan. fwloo whether the hearings end up revealing any hint as to chuck hagel's actual plans for american defense remains tbd. joining me, i mean, is msnbc political analyst and executive editor of msnbc.com richard wolf. always good to see you, my friend. >> credits, meantime. really? >> i have to throw it in there. there's a few minutes after eastern standard. i want to go to you first on this. the hearings are ongoing. insofar as we can issue a judgment, it will be one with an asterick, but i guess from the outset, from what we have seen thus far from the sound that we played, my question is this really a hearing or is this a trial for positions chuck hagel once took that are counter to now the republican party and where it stands on national security issues? >> well, i think these hearings have become about the politics of national security. the big issues that divide republicans and democrats. the surge i
, that the united states government had absolutely nothing to do with this video. we absolutely reject its contents and message. america's commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nati nation. senator, that's eight days after the attack, 14 days after the attack, the president himself is still blaming the video. all the evidence to the contrary from the president of libya, to our own state department watching in real-time. we knew that wasn't true. >> without question, without question, there was a political coverup. without question-- >> why, why do you think that is? >> well, i asked one question. i got one question he in towards the end of my period and i said, were we involved with selling, buying or procuring or transferring arms to turkey? i think arms have been sold out of libya to turkey and they're winding up in the hands of the syrian rebels. i think they did not want to draw attention to that and that may have been occurring, the cia annex. i don't have proof of this. no one's given me any information, i have no briefing to this, but there have been articl
of immigrants who are in the united states illegally. it also calls for an employment verification system that prevents identity theft and would add hiring of unauthorized workers in the future. >>> for the past four years, president obama and secretary of state hillary clinton have shared the world stage and a few laughs, but laughs were few and far between when both were running for president. >> while i was working on those streets, you were a corporate lawyer sitting on the board of walmart. >> you were practicing law and representing your contributors resco in his slum landlord business in inner city chicago. >> ouch, ouch, ouch. what a difference an election makes. president obama, of course, he won the nomination. clinton won his confidence. and now the president has nothing but praise for the woman who could someday succeed him in the oval office. >> i consider hillary a strong friend. >> i mean, very warm, close. >> hillary will go down as one of the finest secretary of states we've had. >> this has been just an extraordinary opportunity to work with him as a partner and friend.
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